Our Staff

Nerida Southwood

Director, F.A.T.D  Jazz, Tap & Ballet

Nerida began dancing at the age of 3 and has been formally trained in Jazz, Tap and Classical Ballet.  She has now been teaching since 1996 and is a qualified teacher with Federal Association of Teachers of Dancing (F.A.T.D.).

Over the years Nerida has done extensive performance and choreographic work starting to dance professionally at the age of 8 with her first pantomime.  She has choreographed performances for Darling Harbour, Royal Easter Show, Wonderland Sydney, Disneyland California, Universal Studios, F.A.T.D. Performance grade choreography and numerous pantomimes and Sports and community Events.

Nerida has also choreographed numerous award winning troupes and solos for her students.  After freelance teaching Nerida opened her own studio and has not looked back.   Nerida is an ambitious and enthusiastic teacher and dedicates her time to teaching students and works to always being out best in each of her students always encouraging a love of dance.

Natasha Marconi

Acro, Jazz & Tap

Natasha begun dancing at the young age of 3 and since has never looked back. Since graduating from Brent Street Studios in 2010 she has continued to pursue her dreams as a performer.

At only 19 Natasha has performed with Caroline O’Connor as a featured soloist in her Showgirl Within concert with performances at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. She also recently played the lead classical role in SYTYCD Ben Veitch’s Show Blood, Sweat & Dance and last year was the lead female role in Loredo Malcolm’s company ‘troubled’ season.

This year she had the pleasure of being the lead contemporary role in the production Earth Angels choreographed by Marko Panzic . Natasha was also a regular featured dancer on the past two seasons of X factor and has also been a part of several corporate events such as the Toni & Guy hair show, Amway convention, dolly teen choice awards, and the Schwarzkopf hair Show.

She has also performed in several film clips for Angus and Julia stone, radio Ink, and Zoe Badwii and was a featured contemporary dancer in Foxtels ‘Live to Dance’ TVC. Natasha has had the pleasure of working with many industry professionals including The Squared Division, Marko Panzic, Simon Lind, Jason Winters, Jason Coleman, Matt Lee, Jason Gilkison, Ame Delves. Michael Boyd, Cameron Mitchell and of course Tannos & Choice!  She has had the pleasure of performing for several artists including Kelly Rowland, Ricki Lee, Short stack and chris sebastian.

Her Tv and film credits include Lead ballerina in the Great Gatesby, Dance Academy season 2, ANTM Grand finale, the NRL grand final for dein Perry, Sunrise, Mission impossible II, Razzle Dazzle, and Mornings with Kerri-anne. Natasha has loved being a part of the Elite Dance Centre team and looks forward to the year to come.

Sandra Griffin

RAD Classical Ballet Teacher & Examiner

Bio coming soon.

Alexander Ellis

Tap & Musical Theatre

Xander has been performing professionally for 6 years, and started at age 16 in Opera Australia’s Thanhauser. Going on to perform in 3 more Opera’s with the company including Carmen, Der Rosenkavalier, and Lucia Di Lammermoor. At age 18 he made his professional musical theatre debut in WICKED the musical. He followed this with playing the role of Joey primo in the original Australian cast of Rock of Ages the musical where he covered and performed the lead role of Drew. He recently finished touring Australia with Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs.

Lorraine McKerihan

F.A.T.D. Jazz, Tap & Classical Ballet

Lorraine has been Dancing for some 25+ years starting at the age of 3 and has been teaching for over 15years with Studios around the Sydney area. Lorraine joined the teaching staff at EDC in 2001 helping all students successfully complete their FATD exams with awesome results. Lorraine is formally trained in Jazz Tap and Ballet and is Qualified as a teacher for the Federal Association of teachers of dance (FATD) in Jazz Tap and Classical Ballet.

Allyra Martinez

Allyra Martinez – Jazz & Tap

Allyra has been dancing all genres for 10 years and trained at the Glenda Yee School of Dance.  Many experiences came along such as dancing at MTV Awards, Dolly Teen Choice Awards, ING ball dancing alongside Ricky Lee (choreographed by Ame Delves), dancing with Casie Davis in So You Think You Can Dance (Project Moda), Bonds parades, dancing at the hair show expo (Ame Delves), Morning shows with Kerrie Anne and lots more. After graduating from the Mcdonald’s College in ’09 Allyra then completed certificate IV in a full-time course at Ed5 international.

In 2011 Allyra has also danced alongside Michael Jacksons interpreter in the Jason Jackson show amongst various corporate functions, and alongside other upcoming artist such as Prinnie Stevens (choreographed by Marko Panzic), Erica Brandalise (choreographed by Cory To’o) Sabrina Mitwali (choreographed by Chris Tsattalios) all at festivals, events and corporate functions. Many opportunities came along, dancing in many film clips such as Zoe Badwis (choreographed by Squared Division) Anthony Callea (Self choreographed), Marvin Preist, Angus and Julia Stone(choreographed by Casey Lee) and many more.

She has also been in previous commercials and TV series such as Dance Academy series 2 and The Lamb TVC commercial (choreographed by Simone Lind). Travelled for dancing performing in the millennium production of Cartoonival in the Middle east. Allyra has also performed at many corporate shows including Amway Gala with Jason Coleman, the hair show for Schwartzkopf and many charity events.

Allyra was involved in dancing in the Chinese new year parade celebrations the year of the dragon as well as Flashmobs for the socialite party in Bondi Pizza (choreographed by Ame Delves) and the Peace flash mob (choreographed by Michaell Boyd).  Allyra shared her interests between choreography and performance and is pursuing all aspects of her career in the entertainment industry.

Sharon Brown


Sharon has over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry teaching group exercise classes. She is a Registered Member of the Pilates Institute of Australasia and also a Registered Group Fitness Instructor with Fitness New South Wales.

Sharon has been teaching Menezes MethodTM Pilates for over 6 years. She has been trained by Allan Menezes, founder & Master Trainer of the Menezes MethodTM, at the Pilates Institute of Australasia.

Sharon’s training and experience includes a strong focus on Core Strength.

She is married to Andrew and a Mum to 3 children, Ruby 10 years, Spencer 8 years and Morgan 4 years and lives locally in The Hills District.